According to many recent articles plastered on the internet and in the newspapers, it appears our law enforcement officers have become less concerned with "serving and protecting" the public and more about "shooting first, asking questions later." In the latest string of over-reaction by law enforcement officers, Christopher Roupe, 17 year old from Euharlee, Georgia, was shot and killed by a police officer when he answered the door holding a Nintendo Wii game controller.
Last Friday night, Christopher was in his home when he heard a knock at the door. When he opened that door, a female police officer immediately shot the teenager who was pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital. According to the family's lawyer, Cole Law, the police officer thought Christopher was holding a gun instead of a video game controller. The officer, who was making a probation visit to the home, broke down in tears when she realized she had made a mistake.
According to the Daily Caller:
Standard-issue Wii controllers are white cylinders, but specialty controllers shaped like guns do exist. It is not yet known what kind of controller Roupe possessed.
Neighbors confirmed that Roupe had a Wii controller, not a gun, according to Law.
According to WSB-TV:
A female police officer told GBI investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door.
"It just doesn't add up," said Cole Law who is representing the Roupe family.
Law said Roupe was about to watch a movie.
"We don't know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest," Law said.
Neighbors say they ran to the home after they heard the shot.
Neighbor Ken Yates, who saw the female officer moments after the event, said, "This is tragic. She came out of this house. She put her head in her hands and she was sobbing. Supposedly, he opened the door with a BB gun and in my opinion I think he was playing a game with his neighborhood buddies."
The officer visited the home in order to serve a violation of probation warrant for Christopher's father. Because of the incident, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.
Roupe had plans to enlist in the Marine Corps after finishing high school and was involved in the ROTC program at his school.
What has happened in America to where police officers are shooting first and determining the circumstances later? It appears that answering the door with any object in your hand when a police officer visits that might be perceived as a gun is enough for the officer to feel threatened enough to discharge their weapon, using deadly force. This is the horror that every American should fear as a result of the militarization of our police force.
According to the self-appointed powers that be, this "change" in our police force is for our own good. Law enforcement agencies across America are "gearing" up as if they are going into a war zone. SWAT teams are being used as a general rule instead of in the circumstances which they were initially intended. More and more, Americans see law enforcement agencies operate outside policies and procedures with impunity. And, more and more, Americans see these same law enforcement agencies implement policies and procedures contradictory to our God-given rights protected by the Constitution.
Not all law enforcement officers are "trigger-happy" and not all law enforcement officers are bad or corrupt; however, increased aggression among police officers seem to be the norm rather than the exception. No longer can we teach our children that law enforcement officers are friendly, trustworthy and there to help. No longer can we as adults maintain faith in our law enforcement officers and agencies due to the rampant violations and absurd happenings being reported at every turn.
Yesterday, it was reported that Nevada State Troopers shot and killed an unarmed hitch-hiker, when he attempted to climb out of the back of the police car, due to erratic behavior; however, the troopers did not handcuff the individual beforehand. Their rationale for their actions boiled down to the chance that the individual would reach for a rifle kept inside the vehicle.
According to a report two days ago, a single Florida mom was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, which should have been a very simple stop resulting in a citation. The woman spent a night in jail and was charged with a felony for audio recording the conversation between her and the officer. The charges were later dropped.
These rash incidents by law enforcement officers are becoming more prevalent, indicative of the changing attitudes occurring in the law enforcement agencies and the officers themselves. Whether it be out of fear, authoritative attitudes or carelessness, law enforcement officers are using their position to either intimidate, control or in this case, shoot to kill, individuals they perceive as a threat. Americans, these days, are taking a risk when encountering any law enforcement officer, either in public or on your own property.
With the federal government taking such "liberty" with God-given rights protected by the Constitution, it hasn't taken long for state and local law enforcement to follow suit expanding the police state in America. Driving your car, answering your door or even walking along the highway places Americans at risk of harm from the very individuals who are supposed to be there to "serve and protect." Even when atrocities such as this happen, the officer ends up being placed on administrative leave, which usually means still receiving a paycheck, while families and individuals are left cleaning up the mess. What happens to these officers after the "objective" internal investigation can remain a mystery, but some officers have continued in their positions with impunity or given another area in the agency in which to work.
If any violations of this nature had been committed by a civilian, the individual would be arrested, charged and await trial to determine their guilt or innocence; upon being found guilty, the individual would be sentenced accordingly. Why is this not happening to police officers who are committing gross violations against the citizenry? Does wearing a badge give an officer a "get out of jail free" card in regard to his/her behavior?
Whatever the case, what is happening to law enforcement agencies and officers in America has become more than just frightening. It has become dangerous.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.